My To Make List for 2015

Paper succulent in a geometric planter. Both designs are from the Silhouette Design Store.

Paper succulent in a geometric planter. Both designs are from the Silhouette Design Store.

I’m trying to spend more time on personal projects, with a goal of making *something* every day/do something you love every day. I made a few things with my Silhouette Cameo machine this week, but this was one of my favorites:  a paper succulent in a geometric planter.

These are a few of my crafty wishes and dreams for 2015. I love using my Silhouette Cameo machine to help get my projects done, and I’d like to get more familiar with my sewing machine.


This would make a great tee or throw! I was thinking gold on black, grey or navy.

This would make a great tee or throw! I was thinking gold on black, grey or navy.

  • double-sided adhesive for valentine’s themed wall art – I have the background paper ready, but waiting on the double-sided adhesive Update: 12/30 the materials came in. I’ll post my valentine’s decor mantle soon.
  • use frosted vinyl to create an etched look on glass – I have some giant knitting needles that need a home, and I’d use an image of a ball of yarn. Also thinking about making one of these for a friend that crochets. Update: 12/30 the materials came in and I vinyled the two vases. I’m going to do a side-by-side post about etching vs using frosted vinyl.
  • more decorative throws for our couch either with Heat Transfer Vinyl or Fabric Stenciling Update: I made one on 12/28 and will include it in my Valentine’s Decor post
  • make a stamp (either with the Silhouette or a carving tool) to make my own patterned fabric for throws. I like pillows, can you tell?
  • make a clear glass block with lights in it Update: Lights acquired!
  • painted/stenciled wood sign
  • cut fabric with my machine for cards and wall hangings – I haven’t cut out fabric yet with my machine, so it’s something I’d like to tackle
  • heat transfers for tees. So many ideas and HTV purchased, but need t-shirt blanks.
  • chalkboards – a large piece, maybe cover some clipboards with it


  • fabric wall hangings that I’ll probably use HTV or stencil and put dowels at both ends.
  • curtains for the french doors sunroom with the fabric I brought back from India
  • gusseted makeup bag(s) with some awesome black and gold oilcloth I picked up from the Stitch Lab
  • bolster pillows with wood grain fabric I bought last year at Stitch Lab
  • zippered throws


  • wheatgrass
  • succulents

Christmas Decor with my Silhouette Cameo

In-between the holiday rush, I decorated the house a little for Christmas since we were hosting Christmas dinner at our home this year. This was the first year that I decorated… I didn’t grow up around decorated houses – my mother’s decor was more practical/utilitarian. I think the only thing we had on the wall was a calendar in the kitchen.

One of my goals for this year was to use my Silhouette Cameo (a electronic cutting machine) to help me decorate my house.

My first idea about how I’d use it was to make papercut art (flat and 3D) and frame and hang it around the house.  I also cut out some paper snowflakes, tea light holders and a small tea light Christmas village for our mantel! I also cut out a few ornaments and decorations out of cardstock. Cutting paper dulls your blade fast though, so I switched mediums – to cutting vinyl! P1020116

I picked up a few rolls of red and green wall vinyl, and decorated a column and above our TV in the living room with it. I also found some white window cling material and cut snowflakes and other silhouettes for my windows.  I love that window clings are reusable, so I won’t have to cut them out again next year. They are also easier to remove than wall vinyl from glass.

At the end of the month I hosted an ornament making/decorating party. We used scrap vinyl I had on hand to decorate ornaments, cut a few out of paper and made a floating ornament (with a vinyled piece of acetate inside of a clear ornament). I also used vinyl to customize gift bags & tags, plus whatever else it would stick to. Overall, I’m happy with what I was able to create/decorate during the holidays with my Silhouette! I think it’s the most I’ve ever used it, so I learned a ton in the past month with very few craft disasters! I received it as a Christmas present last year and was just dying then to make Christmas decorations (but had to wait almost a year to get started!) I also practiced etching glass with a vase I picked up. P1020117

I’m already working on Valentine’s Day decor for my mantel! Pictures/blog post to come soon!

Holiday shows year end wrap-up

The end of November and December was a whirlwind of shows you guys! It started with my first show of the holiday season, the Winter Holiday Art Market in Houston, then I immediately came home and loaded my booth up for the Blue Genie Art Bazaar that opened on Black Friday, and I was at Renegade Craft Fair for Small Business Saturday the next day! I had a one weekend reprieve from doing shows, and then I was back at it at the Cherrywood Art Fair!

Blue Genie ran through December 24th, open from 10am – 10pm, so I was there in the mornings and most evenings to restock and straighten up my booth. It was my home away from home this December. I moved this summer from our place on 360/2222 to NACA, so now I’m only 10 minutes from the Marchesa Hall and Theater, where the Blue Genie Art Bazaar is held.

Speaking of moving, I barely got my shelving installed in my work space when holiday show prep was upon us! I had two great apprentices Ashley and Tiffany, who came in at least once a week  (but usually more) to help me package and occasionally make some of my goodies. They helped me at shows and gave me feedback when I wanted to change things up with my products. They also helped me keep sane during the holiday rush. I’m so appreciative of ALL of the hours they put in. Without them I wouldn’t have been able to keep up!

Thank you EVERYONE who came out and bought handmade. You make this all worthwhile!

Winter Holiday Art Market in Houston!

newsite_WHAM_2014_header6Hey lovelies! It’s that time of year again when I make the short trek to my hometown, Houston for the Winter Holiday Art Market at Winter Street studios this weekend! Here’s a peek of what I will be bringing:

Houston Mini Maker Faire



Houston! I can’t wait to be back to make soap and nail polish with you guys next weekend at the Houston Mini Maker Faire.

Mike Hinkle wrote a great list of reasons to go to this year’s Maker Faire (you know, other than to make soap and nail polish), so I’ll share them here:

MF_WeAreAllMakers-300x300Let’s get right to the point: we were all born to be learners and creators, but sometimes this gets lost in the rush and distractions of modern life. If you want to get back in touch with your inner passion to learn / create / design / build / make, Maker Faire is the place for you! Here you can see real projects, real experiences and activities, made by real people who might even live on your street. While there are some cool things to purchase if you want, Maker Faire is outstandingly about learning and doing. If you’ve never been to a Maker Faire before, you’ve never seen anything like this! Simply put, this will be the most informative and inspirational event of the year in Houston.

Key signs you’re ready for Maker Faire:

  • You’ve heard about cool things Makers are doing and want to learn how to do it yourself
  • Your attention span is longer than 6 seconds or 140 characters
  • You’re sure there’s more to life than what you can see on a screen
  • You’ve heard about some amazing new tech thing and you want to see it for real
  • You’re a student and you want to actually use, apply and experience things you’ve learned in the classroom
  • You fear going to exhibitions and shows because you don’t want to be chased by people trying to sell you things

 Click here for a full list of exhibits, activities and events at the Houston Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Stafford Centre.

Click here to purchase tickets


ModCloth’s Nail Klub and Dresses challenge

I’ve moved into my new space, so the nail polish is out of storage now. Horray! Recently, one of the ModStylists at ModCloth asked me if I’d like to submit a design for the Nail Klub and Dresses challenge. I hadn’t done my nails in forever (moving is tough on a manicure, right?) so I was happy to have an excuse to do my nails and to give myself a challenge.

I used Touch of Tracery as my inspiration dress: nail-klub-modcloth-collage

Julep’s IT Girl Elle as the background color for my manicure, a white striper polish (those are the ones with the thin liner brushes), a feto soap white polish for the flowers, a dotting tool to make the flowers, and foil for my palette. (picked up the foil trick from nails y’all.) I used the striper brush to make the branches – not unlike my cherry blossom manicure I posted on Instagram. In fact, it’s almost a greyscale (purplescale?)  version of the same mani, but with more flowers. How’d I do?


Bath & Body Workshops at The Thinkery ALL SUMMER!

Each month I’ll be teaching a different bath & body related workshop at the Thinkery Austin Children’s Museum this summer! Here’s a peek of the line-up! In a short 10 days from now, you can make nail polish with me! 

makepolishMake Your Own Nail Polish (Ages 5 & up)
Saturday, June 14, 2:30 – 4 pm

Create your own custom nail polishes on the spot! We have 100+ micas (shimmer colors) and glitters for you to choose from to combine your own toxin-free nail lacquers. Make sheer, opaque or glitter-bomb polishes. You can also bring your existing polishes to make new blends with them. Mix your polishes with the guidance of Lisa Chouinard, owner of the handmade beauty company, feto soap.

Ticket Prices:

$44: 1 Child ($12) + 1 Adult ($12) + Activity Fee ($20)
$40: 1 Member Child ($10) + 1 Member Adult ($10) + Activity Fee ($20)
1 Extra Child ($12) + Activity Fee ($20)
1 Extra Member Child ($10) + Activity Fee ($20)

Register online (select “Family Workshops” for Event Type), or call (512) 469-6201

July 19th Sugar Scrub Making WorkshopMocha Moms Sugar Scrub Workshop

Personalize your own sugar scrubs with a variety of essential oils, fragrance oils, and exfoliants! Each child/adult pair will take home two custom scrubs they have created.

Ages 5+ 1.5 hours

bath bombs (1)August 9th Bath Bomb Making Workshop

Everything you need to know to recreate these fun bath time treats on your own. Learn what makes them fizz & whirl when you drop them into water. This is a hands-on class where you will customize the scent & color of one batch of bath bombs. A supply resource list will also be provided so you can keep making them on your own!

2.0 hours Ages 7+ 

Can’t make it to one of these classes? Interested in hosting a party where your guests learn to make bath & body goodies? Email me! Groups of 10 start at $250 for two hours of making fun.



Comicpalooza Houston Wrap-up

making nail polish

making nail polish at comicpalooza

The Houston Mini Maker Faire invited me to join them at their exhibit space they had at Comicpalooza (The Texas International Comic Con). I had never been to or exhibited at a Con before, but I signed up anyway to see what Houston had in store for us! The con attendees were enthusiastic about making, so I’m so glad we went! We had a chance to tell all the people who stopped by our booth about the upcoming Houston Mini Maker Faire that will happen on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Stafford Centre. They are still looking for exhibits, so sign up to bring your project to the faire!


P.J. in front of a replica of the car from Supernatural.

Soap and nail polish we made at Comicpalooza:

….and last but not least, my awesome booth helpers Jacob, P.J. & Eva! I used to work with Jacob & Eva way back when at The Methodist Hospital, so it was good to get to see them for a bit during the 4-day con! P.J. ran the soap side of my booth while I taught people how to mix up their own custom polishes.



Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 Wrap-up


I had a blast at this year’s Maker Faire as usual! We got in early on Friday and set up the booth. After setup, Maker Faire Bay Area hosts a happy hour/dinner for all the makers so we can mingle and get to know each other. Gerard’s Paella was there with their delicious paellea: P1010746


Maker Faire had a photo booth set up this year with the robot: 2014-05-16 22.54.43

We got there early this year, so we got to walk around and see a few of the exhibits in between setting up and dinner:

Here are some of the soaps we made together:

Samantha was just one of my many awesome booth assistants! P1010760

Did you make soap with me and forget to pick it up? It’s lost and found time! If this is your soap, email me at and I’ll ship it to you from Austin! I’ll hang on to them for one month.

Until the next one! I’m planning on heading to Kansas City at the end of June and Detroit for their Maker Faires with my Make Your Own Soap booth.


Make Your Own Soap Booth comes to Bay Area Maker Faire!


I can’t wait to travel to the Bay Area for this year’s Maker Faire! This year there will be 900+ exhibits ranging from Technology, Science, Craft, Fashion, Art, Food & much more! What exhibits are you excited about seeing? (other than mine, of course!)

Take a look at the program guide for highlights, or browse all 900+ makers here. I’m back with my Make Your Own Soap booth inside the Expo Hall where you can customize a bar of soap on the spot!


The Austin Mini Maker Faire is this weekend!


Holy Crapola folks! Can you believe it’s been a year since the last Austin Mini Maker Faire? It’s not feeling so mini anymore! We are back at the Travis County Expo Center (back where Austin Maker Faire set up in 2007) . It will be chock full of Art, Crafts, Robotics & more! We’ll even have a 3D printing village!

I’ll have my Make Your Own Soap Booth there of course, where you can create a custom bar of soap on the spot! Continue Reading →

Narwhal, plus friends


I’ve been wanting to try my hand at cutting wall decals, and I thought it would be fun to use them to decorate the wall above my mantel with them for spring. We’ve had a wooden narwhal installed over the fireplace since January. (the Mister’s xmas present)  I wanted to give him some company because he looked lonely, so I downloaded some narwhals I found at the Silhouette store and cut some out with some 12″ x 12″ Cricut wall vinyl I picked up at JoAnn’s.

Now the wooden narwhal is the king of the narwhals… Next month’s challenge is flowers! I can’t wait! I have a few ideas, so let’s see what I can come up with! I ordered 10 yards of white vinyl to play with… giant dandelions might be in the works!

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Spring Cleaning - Custom Canisters I Love Paris In the Springtime Etching for Sping - Mug Personalization for the April Silhouette Challenge WHEELY excited about spring No-Sew Fabric & Burlap Peter Cottontail Banner Narwhals, plus friends Gold Fern Easter Eggs Mr and Mrs Easter Egg Head Easter Bunny Plate Welcome Spring - A Sign From Tile Paper Flowers Wall Art DIY: Bunny-Stamped Goodie Bags for Easter Inspirational Window Now We Have Everything Nursery Art Spring' and Flowers Paper Banner Glitter Jars with a Happy, Hoppy Bunny Made with the Silhouette + Free Cut File! Mother's Day Wreath Decorate A Watering Can With Vinyl! April Showers Sketch Pen Printable Spring Wreath Burlap Garden Flag with Heat Transfer Vinyl Pretty Little Herb Pots Peter Cottontail Door Hanger Spring Has Sprung Spring Has Sprung - Subway Art Bloom And Grow Sunflower Bouquet for Teacher Appreciation Sharpie Easter Eggs Tear Open Easter Egg Cards Look what's Blooming! ~ Silhouette Challenge Everblooming Paper Bouquet Silhouette Challenge: Spring Polish Swap Card [B] is for Bloom: Scrap Lumber Flower Vases Tulip Time - Fridge Magnets Neon Paper Pinwheels {tutorial} A Happy Spring Card Sketching Just Got Easier! Spring Bunny Baskets Bird Nerd Easter Eggs Easter Peeps Treats with {FREE} Printables and Cut File Garden Bench Update

1. Dream a Little Bigger // 2. So Much Better With Age // 3. Adventures in All Things Food // 4. Creative Carnival // 5. The Kim Six Fix // 6. feto soap // 7. One Dog Woof // 8. The Experimental Home // 9. From Wine to Whine // 10. Architecture of a Mom // 11. Grey Luster Girl // 12. Minted Strawberry // 13. Designed Decor // 14. Tried & True // 15. Silhouette School // 16. Bringing Creativity 2 Life // 17. Weekend Craft // 18. Practically Functional // 19. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 20. McCall Manor // 21. unOriginal Mom // 22. Creative Ramblings // 23. A Tossed Salad Life // 24. A Glimpse Into Barb’s Life // 25. Kate’s Paper Creations // 26. Simply Kelly Designs // 27. Cutesy Crafts // 28. Persia Lou // 29. Whats Next Ma // 30. Two Purple Couches // 31. The Frill of Life // 32. Nearly Handmade // 33. Get Silvered // 34. Ginger Snap Crafts // 35. Life After Laundry // 36. The Sensory Emporium // 37. Monograms & Cake // 38. The Thinking Closet // 39. My Paper Craze // 40. Chicken Scratch NY

“I’m not good at painting my nails.”

I’ve been teaching lots of Make Your Own Nail Polish workshops lately, and something I’ve been hearing a lot from women about doing their own nails or nail art is “I could never do that.” or “I’m not good at painting my nails.” “It looks like a 5-year old painted my right hand.” I have a secret you guys. I’m kind of terrible at painting my nails. and at nail art. It takes me forever, y’all! I usually ding them before they dry, and then have to start over. But I’ve been doing it more lately and getting a little better at it each time! Through the instagram hashtag #nailart I have learned to use a small concealer brush to clean up the polish up quickly from your skin, and I even found out about a beginning nail art class held by @nailsyall through the instagram nails/nail art community here in Austin and took it! I had a book on nail art, but it required a bunch of supplies I hadn’t accumulated yet, so I’m glad I took a class. She showed us how to use nail art polish brushes, dotting tools & showed us how to make our own stamps from plastic wrap along with using foil as a palette. I also read/watch a lot of nail art tutorials.  I couldn’t paint a leopard to save my life during the @nailsyall class, but on my 2nd and 3rd attempt (pictured) I was able to on the practice wheel. It helped that I didn’t use a color dot in the center for me to make the shapes. I painted over my first leopard (it’s the green nail) because it was so bad, ha!

Getting better at painting your nails takes practice. So do your nails often, and you’ll get better at it! Pictured are most of my manis from 2014. I figured out I like doing themed nails (like if I’m going to an event, I try to match the event’s colors). So there are a few red and blue combinations for Maker Faire. Last night I did the red nails with white outline because I’ll be at the thinkery teaching soapmaking today. I might do a dot outline for my right hand – polka dots are one of my favorite nail art designs so far. They are easy and look so cute! All you need is a dotting tool, pin head, or bobby pin to dip into a little drop of nail polish on your palette. Are you on instagram? If you want to see my latest mani or project, follow me @fetosoap.

Meet the Makers Series at the Thinkery


Avery and I are helping kick-off the Meet the Makers Series  for the Austin Mini Maker Faire at the new Austin children’s museum in Austin, the Thinkery this Saturday, April 5th from 1:30-3:30pm. We’ll be helping you create a custom bar of soap on the spot! Supplies are limited, so come early!

1830 Simond Ave The Austin Mini Maker Faire is on May 3, so save the date! Get your advance price tickets now!

Help this new Art Studio in E. Austin

Vanessa has an Equity Endeavor going on to raise funds for her new art studio expenses. She started out as a traveling art business as the only teacher (I can relate… I’m a traveling educator as well!) and believes that anyone can create art (I want to enable anyone to create bath & body products.) so I think her dream of having a brick and mortar where people can go to learn the skills of creating art is worthy of your support. Please give what you can give.

Here’s a short video about her mission:

She invited me to take part at her open house/grand opening this week by bringing a hands-on project. I brought my make your own nail polish setup and invited my friends to join in on the fun.

We both were in the workstudy program at Bikram Yogagroove when it was still open. Her new art studio is next door to Bikram Yoga East Austin. It was nice to see a lot of familiar faces from the Bikram community in support of her studio opening. There were awesome raffle prizes, like a gift card to Kome Sushi, Business Coaching, 2K in website design, a month of Bikram classes & more! I won a painting class at Art & Soul, and my friend Joyce from Huckleberry won the website design raffle prize!

Tyler Mini Maker Faire is THIS WEEKEND Y’ALL!


Guess what guys! I’m headed to the Tyler Mini Maker Faire this weekend along with 40 + makers at the Discovery Science Place in Tyler, TX.

Maker Faire staples like Eepy Bird will be there with their Diet Coke and Mentos experiment/entertainment. They are one of my favorite things to see at Maker Faire.

Here are some of the other makers that will be in attenance: Red Raider Robotics, VEX Robotics Competition, Dallas Personal Robotics Group, Printer Robot Simple: Extreme Edition, VEX Robotics Competition, UT Tyler Ingenuity Center, North Texas Drone Users Group, TJC Physics, Auto-Fetch, About the Tree Series, RC Legos, 3D printed R/C Tachikoma, Moore Robotics Club, Marty, UT Tyler American Chemical Society, LeTourneau University Engineering, East Texas Gem & Mineral Society, smART Projects,, Whitehouse ISD, CNC/3D printer, Squishy Circuits, Percy Wang, Jonathan Kavanaugh, Robert Baker, Austin Tie Die Co & Poly Printers.

Style Speaks event wrap-up

I had so much fun helping these fashionistas mix up their custom nail lacquers with Juliette on Sunday afternoon! I met Juliette at Renegade Craft Fair the previous weekend, and she was one of the first people I helped make creme polish with! She made all the cremes in this gallery, and is wearing them in the pale aqua and green swatches! She has a fine art background, so I was happy to have her help mixing custom colors on Sunday! She’s also talented at nail art (see the vintage flowers on her “party nail”?) and you can see more of her designs on instagram. She’s @jetpack31.

Sum Photo Booth was there with his green screen to put everyone on the cover of the mag! Neat, huh? I didn’t get much of a chance to leave the nail polish mixing, but Lindsey from Influential Magazine has a nice write-up about the event. (and she took lots of pictures of my booth, thanks!)

Make polish at Art & Soul Open House on Wednesday


I was invited to bring a a hands-on project to the Art & Soul Open House this coming Wednesday night. I’m bringing my custom nail polish workshop! Just let us know you are coming so we can bring enough supplies! RSVP here.

Wednesday, March 26, 6:00-9:00 pm  3801 Berkman Drive, Austin, TX 78723

Join us for a Celebration! Now that we’re settled into our new space, it’s time to throw a party!

THANK YOU for all you’ve done to help our dreams at Art & Soul come true!

We will be holding a party on Wednesday, March 26 from 6-9pm as a celebration of all we’ve accomplished so far. This party is to celebrate YOU, our loyal friends and patrons, and also serves as an open house to encourage new friends to learn about our programs.

Come enjoy painting, nail polish making, wine, socializing with friends, and meeting new people in the local art community. Family and friends are welcome too!

SXSW Renegade Craft Fair Wrap-up

Wow you guys! Between my little table at SXSW Create (in the Austin Mini Maker Faire booth) and my workshop at the SXSW Renegade Craft Fair, we made over 500 custom nail polishes together! You guys are amazing! I loved seeing all the colors and combinations you came up with! Many thanks to Roni, Dallas, Moira, Maria Felix, Avery and Mariah for all of the help I had at my booth during the three-day show. It was great to meet you all!

You can make nail polish with me at Art & Soul this coming Wednesday night (6-9pm) at their studio in E. Austin. RSVP here!

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